Blaine Wesley Jensen, 75 of Blackfoot, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.
He was born June 10, 1939 in Blackfoot, Idaho, the second child of James W. Jensen and Ruby Parrish Jensen. The family moved from Rockford to a small home where the American Potato business now sits; to a rented home in Blackfoot for one winter; to Wapello for two years on the farm now owned by Carl Cooper and then to Pingree.
He started the first grade in Wapello with Jane Marlow as his teacher and then completed the first grade in Pingree with Mrs. Moody. He finished his grade school years at Pingree, attended junior high dchool in Thomas, his freshman year at the old high school in Moreland and then graduated from Snake River High School. He graduated from Idaho State College in 1961 with a bachelor's fegree in Business/Education and a minor in Social Science. He attended Syracuse University in upper state New York under a US government- sponsored program during 1972-73 and graduated with a master'd fegree in Public Administration in May 0f 1973.
He taught commercial and business subjects at Snake River High School from 1961-1963. He was a volunteer with the International Voluntary Services from 1963-1965 in the country of Laos in IndoChina, where he taught English, basic agriculture, and worked with the refugee relief program. The remainder of his career was spent working overseas as a foreign service office for the United States government with the agency for International Development, an arm of the United States Department of State. During his career, he worked in Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, The Philippines, Washington D.C., Tanzania, Barbados and the Republic of the Sudan. He retired from the federal government in November 1989 and returned to the family farm in Pingree, Idaho.
He enjoyed reading, gardening, fishing, camping, and community service. He was the registrar and the chief judge for the elections in the Pingree precinct. He also worked on bonds and other elections for the Snake River School District. He was a member of Lions Club International which is dedicated to helping the community in which that club has been chartered.
He was married in Laos in 1966 and divorced in 1967. He remained single for the rest of his life.
He is survived by siblings, Harvey (Marina) Jensen of Pocatello, Barbara Hurst of Blackfoot, Donna (Chuck) Mitchell of Blackfoot, 18 nieces and nephews, 35 great-nieces and nephews and 6 great-great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law, Gayleen and niece, Jodie.
In keeping with Blaine’s wishes , a graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday Sept. 4, 2014 at the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.hawkerfuneralhome.com